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Paris Teams Taking Shape & Artistry with Dr. Laura Cappelle

The latest Paris Olympic Team news:

  • Chinese Olympic Team: Qiu Qiyuan, Zhou Yaqin, Ou Yushan, Zhang Yihan, Luo Huan
  • British Olympic Team: Alica Kinsella, Becky Downie, Georgia-Mae Fenton, Ruby Evans, Abi Martin
  • We spend a lot of time talking about the amazingness of Becky making her third Olympic team at age 32
  • Canadian Olympic Team so far: Ellie Black and Aurélie Tran
  • German National Championships where all-around champ, Helen Kevric and veteran Ellie Seitz battle it out despite an incorrect D score
  • Melanie winning French Championships in her Dior leo
  • The Mixed Group draw for Paris qualifications where the defending Olympic bars champion, Derwael, ends that event!
  • Hambuechen doing a Kovacs outdoors
  • Parisian dance critic and sociologist, Dr. Laura Cappelle on artistry in gymnastics
    • What she thinks of the artistry checklist
    • Her new book on the cultural change in ballet companies around the world
    • What team France choreographer, Gregory Milan’s approach to minimize deductions and work with the individual gymnasts’ movement style
    • Balanchine’s lesson to “See the music and hear the dance.”
  • Creating a vocabulary about choreography and artistry for gymnastics; knowing when choreography is successful:
    • Is it a complete performance? Coherent and part of a whole.
    • Range and quality of expression; acting
    • Connectedness of movements
    • Construction of the choreography; is it just steps rather than a journey with a start, arc and end
    • Quality of movement; fluid movement
    • Successful choreography is agnostic of style
    • Does the style of movement fit the gymnast
    • Change of intensity, each step having a different weight, tempo variation

* Update on New Zealand – per the draw, it seems NZ has accepted both of their Olympic spots

 

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